Last year my husband took my daughter on an overnight camping trip because she didn’t think it was fair that my son always got to be the one to go with him on scouting overnighters. (my husband was a scout leader through our church for a while) So she and my husband hiked-in 2 miles to their campsite with everything on their backs. She loved it! So this summer he set up camping trips with each of our kids. My daughter wanted a challenge and picked a place that is 5 miles to hike into. My son picked a 2 miler for his first hike-in campout with dad.
I love this because it warms my heart that they are getting bonding time with dad and that I get one on one time with the one that stays home. The boys left for their campout yesterday and my daughter and I left for the movies. We saw How to Train Your Dragon at our dollar movie theater and then went out for hamburgers. After dinner we tried to go to the library but it was closed. While we waited for our movie to start we had a little book club discussion about Island of the Blue Dolphins. We both just read it and loved it. It was so fun talking about it together. We need to pick our next book (that’s why we were headed to the library) so if you have any suggestions, we would love some ideas!
We ended up coming home and braving the heat (we don’t have air conditioning). My daughter has been admiring my hexagon project so I suggested she make yo-yo’s. I have a yo-yo maker and they are easy to do. She was really excited so we set up a table on our back deck where it was cooler and worked on our projects. She got the hang of it right away and we enjoyed stitching away while sipping raspberry lemonade, singing along to Taylor Swift songs, and chatting.
She got inspired by her yo-yo’s and started designing a little on graph paper. It was so fun to see her idea put on paper so I could see her vision. She knows exactly what she is making and who she is giving it to.
When it got dark we moved our table inside and watched a movie while we continued to stitch. I can’t wait to see her project come to life. I love seeing her creativity. I love the young woman she is turning out to be and I am so honored to be her mother.